The Case of the Left-handed Lady

The Case of the Left-handed Lady

An Enola Holmes Mystery

Book - 2007
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Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet's sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth-century London.
Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780399245176
0399245170
Characteristics: 234 p. ; 19 cm

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pink_cat_298
Mar 18, 2016

Love this seiries.

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mmcbeth29
Oct 13, 2014

I read the first book in this series and was not completely convinced so I went on to this, the second book. Once again, Enola Holmes is an intelligent character, but suddenly things have become dark. Enola is running scared from her brothers. She wants her mom (who ran away in the first book). She becomes unsure of herself. My goal in reading the second book was to see Enola Holmes grow and succeed as a lady sleuth. I did not see that happen here. She seems to have gone backwards. She has not gained allies for when the going gets tough. Instead she simply runs and hides. On the last page she says, "I am a liar. All is not well. Not at all."

Not only is Enola's attitude darker, the whole book is darker. This book, advertized for grades 3-5, has upped the ante into the world of inappropriate for elementary students. There is a reference to rape, bodily remains, seducing, eating dog and cat meat, two strangulation scenes and a stabbing. Enola is a fourteen year old runaway who was abandoned by her mother.

The plot thread is about how Enola can keep running away from her brother Sherlocke even though he is on her trail. In the middle of this she helps solve the case of a missing girl which turns out to be, in my opinion, a more complicated mystery than necessary. We are exposed to schizophrenia, Marxism, mesmerism, labor protests, and more during this kidnapping. I feel that in trying to make Enola seem smart, the author has tried a bit too hard. I mean she is fourteen years old. No one expects her to solve world hunger.

I am going to read the third book and hope again to find growth and maturity of Enola Holmes.

I would still love to see this series reclassified as Young Adult due to mature content and that it is written at about the 7th grade reading level. The vocabulary is very sophisticated.

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It is an interesting mystery for older readers.

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DannaH
Aug 11, 2014

A REALLY MYSTERIOS AND REALLY COOL BOOK

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Olive_Mouse_1
Jul 13, 2013

This is my favorite book in the E.H. series!

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Brown_Ox_1
Jun 21, 2012

Great series. Enola is really likable, and her family is very unique.

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JRosner24
Apr 10, 2011

This was a pretty good book, not one of the best of the great Enola Holmes series. I have to say, the ending was really funny. :D (overall the E.H. series is great)

samdog123 Sep 29, 2008

I love this series by Nancy Springer. Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes younger sister, evades her brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft, in Victorian London. This is the second, the first is The case of the missing Marquess.

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mmcbeth29
Oct 13, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: 2 violent scenes

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mmcbeth29
Oct 13, 2014

Violence: two strangulations and a knife attack.

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mmcbeth29
Oct 13, 2014

Sexual Content: Discussion of birth control, references to rape

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Brown_Dog_70
Dec 18, 2011

Violence: what you'd usually find in mysterys

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Brown_Dog_70
Dec 18, 2011

Brown_Dog_70 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 14

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